Journals, Diaries, and Other Daily Logs

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

This October I’ve resolved to read some of the classic books that our favorite monsters first appeared in. I started with Dracula. Other than very rigid ideas of gender that this book contains, which I blame mostly on the times that it was written in, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I love style of telling the story through journals, diaries, captain’s logs, and new paper clippings. Today write story that is composed in a similar manner. Dracula uses multiple character’s writing so as to get new insights and perspectives in the story. Will you use the same method or remain in the diary of one character?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Recognizing Good and Evil

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

I finished reading Good Omens this week! It was a really fun read and I definitely recommend it for anyone that likes stories that feature demons, angels, and other religious constructs outside The Bible’s context. The thing I liked most about the characters is that they don’t stick to the classic roles of good or evil that you’d expect from angels and demons. Today write a character that one would assume is either one or the other but defies everyone’s assumptions about her personality. What about her makes people assume this? Is she an angel or demon? Does she work in a career path that people have a negative connotation toward like lawyers or one people assume must make you a good person like a religious leader? How does she go about defying the assumptions about her character? 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

Stacking Worlds

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

I’m reading a book called A Darker Shade of Magic. In it there are four different worlds that the character can travel through and in all four the city of London exists. There are specific rules about the way that the character can travel between worlds including what order you can move between them. He says the worlds are stacked like paper on top of each other. It’s a pretty interesting concept to be sure. Today write a scene that creates your own way of traveling between worlds. What are the rules? If you don’t like the idea of writing multiple worlds, write a scene where your character plans a specific route of travel. Why did your character select this route? What attractions are on the route or what threats are on the alternative routes that your character would like to avoid? Where is your character going? 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

Gone to Join The Circus 

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

I finished up Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus this week. The book is a fun read for fantasy fans to be sure. There is something interesting about the point of view though with this one. Most of the book is told from third person point of view following the cast of characters freely as needed to tell the story. But there are also sections written in second person point of view. These sections are always descriptions of the different circus attractions that you can find in The Night Circus. Try out writing something where you mix points of view like this. Be sure that your switch in point of view has a purpose and is not done randomly through out the scene. 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

Life by Degrees

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

I just finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It is a young adult romantic fantasy that features werewolves. The interesting thing though it that the change from human to wolf isn’t dependent on the moon cycle as is the tradition with werewolves. Instead they change based on temperature. When it is cold out they shift to wolves and as it warms up they shift back to humans. It was an interesting version of the werewolf that I hadn’t seen before. Write a scene that shows a dramatic change in your character’s life between different types of weather. Does your character experience seasonal depression? What other things can change in your character’s life with the weather. 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

Celebrities Who Share Your Ailments

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I just finished Carrie Fisher’s book Wishful Drinking. She certainly led an interesting life, to say the least. In the book, she talks quite a bit about mental illness as it has been something she struggled with most of her life. A few different times throughout the book she mentions lists of other celebrities that share her ailments or experiences. This part was funny to me as it reminded me of a website called Celebrities with your Disease. And once again I was struck by the realization of how much we are pushed to want to be like these famous people. We even find ways that we suffer the same as them. Write a scene in which your character discovers something that she and her favorite celebrity have in common. It doesn’t have to be an illness in this scene even though that was the sample I gave you.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Contrary Character 

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I finished Catch 22 this week and can’t say that I was a fan. But at least I can feel confident in saying I don’t think I will find a group of characters that contradict each other and themselves nearly as much as this group does. Write a scene where your character encounters someone that contradicts everything to the point of being nonsensical. Is the character insane or trying to make it seem like they are for some reason?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Really Bad First Day

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I just finished a couple of books by Emily Skrutskie called The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss. They were based in an interesting fantasy world that broke up the United States into several smaller countries. This character is going on her first-time solo mission when things go horribly wrong. It seems like there’s always that worry but rarely, in reality, do things go this badly. Write a scene where your character is starting something new and has a terrible first time at it. Does your character want to give up altogether? Or does this failure motivate her to try again?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Switching Roles

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I just finished Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and The Spindle. It was an excellent modern fairytale that if I had any children in my life I would share with them. In many ways it follows the classic fairytale traditions but if you’ve ever read Gaiman’s work you know he likes to throw in twists. It uses a classic sleeping spell. *Spoilers* in this version the witch puts herself to sleep until some breaks the curse waking her. While she sleeps she gains power, youth, and beauty. *Spoilers over* Write a scene that switches things around from the classic roles that might be expected. Or one in which the characters are not who they seem to be. What is their preceived role and what is their actual role? Who was fooled by the way things seemed at first? What cause the truth to become clear?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Benefits Of Reading Aloud

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve been listening to Amy Poehler’s audiobook Yes Please to and from work this week. I’m still in the process of learning to love audiobooks. There are some that I don’t care for because the reader’s voice will bother me for whatever reason. But in this case Amy Poehler and a group of her friends and family came together to read this audiobook and it was a very pleasant experience. The added personality of these other readers may not have come through the same on the printed page. I’m planning to buy a physical copy soon to see the difference. But I think there is a benefit to reading some stories aloud. Write a scene where a story is better told than read. What makes the difference do pronounced?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades